The incident is still just hours old, but the Internet is steaming over Screeching Weasel frontman Ben Weasel hitting a woman and another unidentified person during his band's set at the Scoot Inn on Saturday night. There's no "alleged" to be found in this situation. It was all caught on camera.
Weasel hadn't been as happy-go-lucky about SXSW as the rest of the town, remarking on his Twitter stream, "Gearing up to play the most depressing show of my life in the most joyless, soulless, shameful excuse of a music event in modern history." He was even less charitable towards the machinery of SXSW, writing "I'm about to go play for free for douchey rock critics and music industry hacks. I'm ashamed of myself."
Personally we don't know of any rock critics or music industry who went to go see Weasel and his crew, but he ended up making it an event by acting like a prize asshole and hitting two people, one a woman, in an incident that was captured on camera. Remember showbiz folks, big and small, cameras are everywhere these days.
We aren't sure why Weasel was incited to hit anyone, but we are looking into it.
UPDATED: The comments section has come to life with even more light on the incident last night. At the time of Rocks Off's posting of the initial piece, it was roughly 4 a.m., so details were hard to come by, but the video speaks volumes. No doubt we will be hearing more on this in the coming days. You can see critic Jim DeRogatis' more in-depth review here of the incident, as he was on the scene.
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Thanks to @ShopImmunity for posting the video.